Mutare Mourns Tekere

Radio VOP interviewed people here who expressed their sadness and shock on the death of the veteran nationalist.

“His death is a big loss to the nation, he was an icon, Tekere was one of the few people who would inspire you to fight for something that you would think is insurmountable, he would pave way for you to fight for it,” said Patrick Matsanga chairperson for Mutare Business Council.

“We have lost a true hero par excellence, a father figure, he has left a legacy. We don’t know who will fill the gap that has been left by Twoboy, we are with the Tekere family during these trying moments,” said David Musarurwa a Mutare resident.

“He is the first person who fought against one party state, his death is a loss to all those who fight for democracy, all his life he has been fighting for people to be emancipated,” said Passmore Nyakureba

“We accept and appreciate the contribution he made among others in the attainment of Zimbabwe’s independence, we will forever be grateful. We pass our condolences to the Tekere family,” said Charles Samuriwo, the Zanu (PF) deputy secretary for information and publicity.

A family spokesperson Dr Ibbo Mandaza said funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

Mourners are gathered at 9 Alexander Road in Bodervale Mutare.